Meerkats & Mokoros – Okavango Delta

After an overnight stay in Johannesburg, South Africa, we leave for the World Heritage listed Matobo Hills in Zimbabwe. This stunning landscape is the sacred heart of the Matabele people and home to some unique wildlife. See the irresistibly cute dassies that appear to be a cross between a guinea pig and a rabbit but are in fact the closest genetically related animal to the elephant. The Matobo Hills are also home to one of the largest populations of leopard in Africa and in the Whovi Wildlife Reserve you may even be able to see the rare white and black rhino.

From The Matobos we cross the border and enter the vast open plains of Botswana on the edge of The Kalahari Desert. It is here we stay at the Makgadikgadi Pans, a stunning and unique landscape providing a stark and exciting contrast to the Matobo Hills. A special treat here is a visit to the local meerkats to observe their irresistible antics and be part of their daily routine.

We move on from The Pans and visit Maun, the gateway to the Okavango, but this is only an overnight stop as the wildlife and waterways of The Delta await. Our day commences with a fantastic small plane ride from Maun to our tented camp deep in the heart of the Delta. This flight is in itself a fantastic adventure as we fly above the myriad waterways and look for the animals that inhabit the islands and edges of this water wilderness. Once in camp you will spend the next three days exploring the only inland delta in the world. This exploration is undertaken by four wheel drive, boat, native dug-out canoes (mokoros) and on foot, for those with a real desire for adventure. The Delta is known for its abundance of wildlife and we have three full days to discover as many of these fantastic creatures as we can.

Our departure from The Delta is once again by a privately chartered small aeroplane but this time we head north-east to the top corner of Botswana. During this flight you will have the opportunity to fly over Chobe National Park arriving in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River. Once on land again we will travel by road the short distance to the border crossing with Zimbabwe and from there onto Victoria Falls. It is here that arguably the most famous water falls in the world are located and a visit to this World Heritage site will leave you astounded and most probably very wet. Victoria Falls town and the surrounding area has made its reputation also for providing unique activities that are suitable for all ages. You can white water raft, bungy jump, cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, ride an elephant on safari and even walk with lions. The possibilities are almost endless and that is why we spend three days here to enjoy as much as possible. It will be a difficult thing to have to say goodbye to Africa but it is from Victoria Falls Airport that you will fly out for home on day 15.

Highlights

  • 3 World Heritage sites
  • Botswana
  • Zimbabwe

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Okavango Delta - Meerkats & Mokonos

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